Over the past few years, online publishers have provided image makers with an unprecedented opportunity to design, publish, and distribute their own books.
Abraham Ravett, Professor of Film and Photography, Hampshire College, & photographer Stan Sherer will discuss their collaboration on two recent publications. These include, The North End: Polaroid SX-70 Photographs and Brighton Beach, a series of 8×10 view camera images taken in Brooklyn, NY.Ravett & Sherer will provide an illustrated overview of the conceptualization an implementation of these books, including numerous aspects of design and production.
This lecture is FREE and open the public. No RSVP or registration is required.
Stan Sherer is an independent photographer and fine art digital printmaker in Northampton, MA. Sherer was a Fulbright Scholar in Albania in 1994; he served on the Fulbright photography national screening committee from 2003-2006. He has received fellowships and grants from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibition Founding Farms, a profile of Massachusetts’s oldest family farms, toured the country from 1990-1997. Sherer has authored four books of photographs including Founding Farms, and Long Life to Your Children! A Portrait of High Albania. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at the University of Massachusetts in 2006. His most recent solo exhibitions are “Vermont Farmsteads” at the Vermont Center for Photography and “Faces of Northampton, Enduring and Forgotten: Main Street, 125 Years” at Historic Northampton. He has taught digital photography at Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, The University of Massachusetts, and The University of Hartford. Visit Stan’s website at www.stansherer.com
Abraham Ravett holds a B.F.A and M.F.A in filmmaking and Photography and has been an independent filmmaker for the past thirty five years. Abraham received grants for his work from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Foundation for Jewish Culture: Fund for Documentary Filmmaking, National Endowment for the Arts, The Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, The Japan Foundation, The Hoso Bunka Foundation, The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, and a 1994, filmmaking fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His films have been screened internationally including the Museum of Modern Art; Anthology Film Archives; Pacific Film Archives; S.F. Cinematheque; L.A. Film Forum,Los Angeles, CA.;Scratch Projection, Paris; Image Forum, Tokyo,Japan; FAMU, Prague,Czech Republic; WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, among others. His work has won ?Top Prize? at the Viennale 2000 , Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Onion City Film/Video Festival. In 1999, he collaborated with dancer/choreographer, Bill T. Jones, on his solo performance, “The Breathing Show.” In 2009 a retrospective of his films was screened at WRO, Wroclaw , Poland. In 2012 and 2013, Ravett self published two books of photography and produced two music CD’s. His most recent film, “Notes for a Polish Jew,” premiered at the 2012 Vienna International Film Festival. Mr. Ravett teaches filmmaking and photography at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.Visit Abraham’s web site at: http://faculty.hampshire.edu/aravett/pages/home.html